By the Wye are winners of the Wales Start-up Awards 2021.

The Wales Start-Up Awards showcase the very best new businesses in Wales every year and this year, Hay on Wye glamping business By the Wye won the Tourism & Leisure Start-Up Award.

By the Wye is a family run off-grid glamping site hidden in the heart of Hay on Wye.  We have 5 safari tents within 5acres of ancient woodland running along the banks of the river Wye.  The safari tents come with roaring campfires, beautiful beds, sumptuous sofas, flushing toilets and fully equipped kitchens.  A holiday at By the Wye is the ultimate in luxury glamping and is enough to tempt even the most reluctant of campers out in to the woods.

Dawn Farnworth (Owner) says ‘It’s an honour to win the award and to have our achievements over the last 18months celebrated.  It’s been an unprecedented and challenging time to launch a new tourism business.  Winning this prestigious award makes it feel as though our hard work and effort was worthwhile.’

Opened in August 2020, By the Wye was fully booked in-between each lockdown and has been full since they reopened at Easter.  We have planning permission for an additional 4 safari tents plus a treehouse and we have have just registered our off-grid converted shipping container reception to be licensed to hold weddings – exciting times ahead for By the Wye.

We had an incredible evening celebrating at the 2021 Wales Start-Up Awards. We met inspiring business owners from all over Wales, ate delicious food, we sang, we danced and we won an award! What a night!

We want to thank our staff, suppliers, activity providers and the community of Hay on Wye for supporting us and a huge thank you goes out to all our guests for giving us such a fantastic first year, we can’t wait to see what the next brings.

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